Professor I. Nelson Rose featured in SFGate about what 2016 holds for fantasy betting, January 8, 2016


Professor I. Nelson Rose was featured prominently in an article by SFGate about daily fantasy sports.

“Like Rocky in the big fight scene, the two big DFS operators, DraftKings and FanDuel, have been on the ropes for a long time,” says Professor I. Nelson Rose, who teaches gaming law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa (Orange County). “But, also like Rocky, they continue to battle on, taking beatings that would floor any lesser competitor.”

Observers from comedian John Oliver to former NFL quarterback Joe Namath have said that daily fantasy wagering is clearly gambling, but “this does not mean that the DFS operators and their partners are going to lose their legal fights,” Rose notes.

“Making predictions is always dangerous,” Rose says. “But I doubt the Appellate Division will close down two thriving businesses, throwing dozens if not hundreds of people out of work, before trial.”

Rose is less confident about what might happen during a trial, but believes that the longer DFS sites operate, the more popular they’ll get and the harder they’ll be to shut down.

“If DFS operators are allowed to stay open in 2016, a trial will never take place,” he says. “DraftKings, FanDuel and their rich and powerful allies will use their enormous political influence to get the New York legislature to pass a law making most of their operations legal.”

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